[guispeak] W3C Mobile Web Access Initiative

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W3C highlights Mobile Web Initiative at workshop
Initiative aims to make Web access from mobile devices as easy as desktop
Web access

By Laura Rohde, IDG News Service
November 18, 2004  

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is considering a new effort called the
"W3C Mobile Web Initiative," that will seek to make Web access from mobile
devices such as mobile phones and PDAs (personal digital assistants), as
simple, easy and convenient as desktop Web access. 
The W3C made the announcement at a two-day "Mobile Web Initiative" workshop,
begun Thursday in Barcelona, Spain, organized to help efforts to improve
Web-surfing capabilities of handheld devices. 
Participants are highlighting the challenges in accessing the Web over
handheld devices and discussing possible solutions, the group said. 

Over 40 position papers were submitted to the W3C for presentation at the
workshop from companies like Vodafone (Profile, Products, Articles) Group,
Nokia (Profile, Products, Articles), and Hewlett-Packard (Profile, Products,

Ideas include developing "best practices" documents, providing support
infrastructures for mobile developers, organizing training programs for Web
content providers and creating validation and conformance testing services
for Web-access from mobile devices, the W3C said. 
The workshop is part of the W3C's ongoing work to refine the mobile Web
experience. In January, it recommended a new standard, the technical
specification called "Composite Capability/Preference Profiles (CC/PP):
Structures and Vocabularies 1.0," as a means for enabling handheld devices
to communicate with Web servers and exchange content delivery information. 

Tim Berners-Lee founded the W3C in October 1994 as a group to sponsor work
to develop common Web protocols. The group, which collaborates closely with
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is hosted by the
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, by European Research Consortium for Informatics and
Mathematics in France and by the Keio Research Institute at Keio University
in Japan. 

All of the position papers submitted to W3C can be accessed online at:

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